Four dogs from the Thailand meat market find refuge with Anicira Veterinary Center
The dogs were rescued by the Soi Dog Foundation, a Thailand-based non-profit that saves dogs intended for the meat market.
Thanks to an anonymous donor, Anicira Veterinary Center is able to take these dogs into its rescue program and find them loving homes. Three of the dogs will be arriving on February 16, 2017; the fourth will arrive at a later date.
Soi Dog Foundation saves dogs that have been stolen or taken from the street and put onto meat trucks bound for Vietnam and China. They work with Thai authorities to stop the trucks from crossing the border.
The dogs coming to Harrisonburg are named Patience, Aliyah, Cludo and Serenity. They will stay in foster homes while working on socialization, housetraining, and learning how to be a beloved family pet. They will then look for their adoptive homes.
More about Soi Dog Foundation
Soi Dog rescues and cares for thousands of dogs every year.
Every year tens of thousands of dogs are inhumanely transported from Thailand to neighboring countries where they are killed and used for consumption However, the Soi Dog Foundation and the Thai government are actively working to end this appalling practice.
This tragic trade is condemned by the majority of Thailand’s population. However the practice still continues. Only through your help can this inhumane action stop.
Considering adopting one of our Thai dogs?
Thank you for considering adoption! By adopting this dog, you’re giving her a fresh start at a new life. Just as it is for people, change can be scary for dogs; especially those who lacked positive experiences early on. But you can help her transition into these brand new experiences of living in a home with a loving family – something she’s never known before. This process can be tremendously rewarding, but it can pose some challenges and will require a lot of patience and understanding.
Behaviors You May Notice
- She’s spent his life in a cage, so she’s learned to lie in her own waste because clean surfaces weren’t available. Potty training will be necessary.
- Her positive human interaction has probably been limited, and may only have occurred from inside a cage. It’s possible she wasn’t exposed to new people, animals, sights, sounds or experiences during her critical socialization period (between 3-12 weeks of age), so she’ll likely be afraid of common things like walking on grass, birds flying, wearing a leash, etc.
As her new pet parent, you can help ease stress and assure her that the world isn’t a scary place by creating positive experiences. If you take things slowly and go at her pace, you can help your shy dog overcome her fears!
What to Expect During Your First Days Together
It’s not uncommon for an undersocialized dog to hide under a couch or table for days or even weeks at a time, only coming out to eat and drink at night. Remember, the more patient and gentle you are, the faster she will come around. Here are some helpful tips to start you off on the right foot:
- Give your new dog a crate covered with a blanket as a “safe haven.” Reward her for entering the crate with lots of yummy treats.
- Keep the crate beside your bed to help her get used to your presence and so she can quietly bond with you while you both rest.
- Because she was housed with other dogs she may trust new dogs before she trusts new people. So if you already have a friendly, outgoing dog, he’ll be a great comfort to your new dog, as well as a valuable role model. After initial introductions, make sure your dogs have opportunities to spend time together.
- Give your dog at least a few days to bond with you and settle in before introducing to strangers. When she seems more comfortable with you,s he can start meeting new friends, one or two at a time, in quiet, familiar environments.
How to Help Your Dog Adjust to Her New Life
- GO SLOWLY. Don’t force your dog to come to you; this will only reinforce the idea that people are unpleasant. Instead, sit calmly on the floor and wait for her to approach, using yummy treats to help. Also, remember that many aspects of everyday life may arouse anxiety and stress: objects in motion such as bikes and strollers, the sounds of a washing machine or hair dryer, car rides. Introduce these new experiences gradually, and use treats to build positive associations and encourage exploration.
- DON’T MAKE LOUD OR STARTLING NOISES. Keep your voice calm and quiet, and ask visitors to do the same.
- USE FOOD AS A MOTIVATOR. If your dog shows fear of a dog bowl, try hand feeding or feeding on the floor near you. This technique also can entice your dog to come to you and show her that human contact is enjoyable. Learn the foods that most appeal to your dog, and use them to strengthen your bond. To help your dog overcome fear of novel objects, use a technique called targeting: teaching the dog to touch things with her nose to earn a reward, like a treat.
- STAY POSITIVE. It may take some time for your dog to adjust to this new way of life. Stay patient and positive! Remaining consistent with positive reinforcement training will pay off in the long run so you and your dog can have a happy, healthy life together! She will repay you with unconditional love and loyalty.